A campaign to get us talking more and differently to babies and young children

Why Talking Matters in the first 1000 days

16 October, 2018 - Talking Matters director Alison Sutton presented at the NEXT Foundation annual breakfast in Wellington on 'Why Talking Matters - the importance of language in the first 1000 days and how it shapes the future of NZ children.'

Read more & watch our videos on the impact of Talking Matters on parents, teachers and communities

Can a baby’s babble indicate they’ll be a good reader?

1 NEWS, 14 October 2018

New research shows a baby’s babble can indicate whether they’ll grow up to be good readers.

Experts say the finding is important for New Zealand given the country’s reading standards have dropped over the last five years.

“Often people think that their babble means nothing but that's not true,” says Emma Quigan from Talking Matters. 

“Babies are born ready to communicate.” 

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WATCH: The Talanoa Basket

Samoan bilingual ECE, Le Malelega a le To'elau, is using the power of Talanoa to spark conversations between children and their aiga at home. Find out more

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Everyone can be a part of Talking Matters

Talking Matters is a community-wide initiative, bringing together education, health and social services with whānau to promote the importance of talking more and talking differently with children, to maximise their potential. Talking is particularly important when children's brains are forming – in the first three years, so our focus is families with infants and toddlers. Read more

Bill Kermode, NEXT ceo | Ginnie Denny, COMET board chair | Susan Warren, COMET ceo |  Alison Sutton, Talking Matters director

Bill Kermode, NEXT ceo | Ginnie Denny, COMET board chair | Susan Warren, COMET ceo | Alison Sutton, Talking Matters director

NEXT Foundation boosts investment in Talking Matters campaign

May - NEXT Foundation has announced it is extending its funding for Talking Matters, our campaign promoting the importance of rich language with babies. Read more

What's ahead in 2018 and what we did last year!

Our Talking Matters campaign is growing like a kumara vine. More and more people and organisations have joined, and there is more talk about talk around the country. Here's a summary of our mahi last year and what's ahead.   

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Language is an 'engine' for learning, thinking, literacy and life

Children are born wanting to communicate and learn. When the important adults in their world interact and respond to them, they thrive. Interaction and talk actually grows a baby's brain in their early years. That's why talking matters! 


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